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  1. Hello,

    I know it has been maybe answered a lot of times before me but here's my situation:

    I leave in North America;
    I have a Curtis DVD1040 (its output can be set either as PAL or NTSC);
    I want to purchase a Region 2 DVD boxset;
    The Curtis DVD1040 is easily hackable (region free).

    Question, will my HDTV able to display the DVDs? Should I change the DVD player output to PAL? I don't understand the impact between DVD player and display on HDTV. (which should be an NTSC since I bought it in North America)


    Thank a lot to clarify if I can buy this Region 2 DVD boxset.

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    If your DVD player is set to NTSC output, then you have no problems assuming it can be made region free or set to region 2. Some HDTVs sold in North America can display PAL signals, in which case you could have your DVD output PAL, but others can't display PAL at all. Samsung HDTVs sold in North America do NOT display PAL at all, for example. You don't mention your TV brand, so you'll just have to test. If the video shows up as scrolling black and white or you get nothing when the DVD player is set to PAL, then your TV doesn't support PAL video input.

    Note that "Region 2 DVD boxset" is vague and region 2 contains Japan, which uses NTSC video on DVDs. Mostly it consists of European countries, all of which do use PAL for DVDs.
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  3. Thanks for the quick reply. So the conversion from Region 2 to NTSC can be done via the DVD player since I can set it as Region 2? I thought that when putting a Region 2 DVD within an hacked (region free) DVD player you still needed to set the DVD output as PAL since it's a Region 2 DVD. Am I right?

    To clarify the "Region 2 DVD boxset", it's clear, from amazon.fr, that's it's a Region 2 and a PAL, I know what you mean by NTSC vs. Japan but the boxset I'm looking for is clearly a Region 2, PAL.
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    Originally Posted by braincras View Post
    Thanks for the quick reply. So the conversion from Region 2 to NTSC can be done via the DVD player since I can set it as Region 2? I thought that when putting a Region 2 DVD within an hacked (region free) DVD player you still needed to set the DVD output as PAL since it's a Region 2 DVD. Am I right?

    To clarify the "Region 2 DVD boxset", it's clear, from amazon.fr, that's it's a Region 2 and a PAL, I know what you mean by NTSC vs. Japan but the boxset I'm looking for is clearly a Region 2, PAL.
    Region Codes and NTSC/PAL have nothing to do with each other.
    If what you say is true.....and your Curtis can be made Region Free AND convert between PAL/NTSC....you are good to go.
    It's a TWO step process.....TWO hurdles you need to cross.
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  5. Information for the region free:
    Curtis DVD1046: 1) Open the tray
    2) Press 9,9,9,9,0
    3) Blue label with the region number will appear on top of screen

    Information about the outputs:
    Curtis DVD1046: - 2 Channel Output and Display aspect ratio conversion(4:3/16:9)
    - Component video output(Y,U,V); Coaxial cable and S-video output; PAL/NTSC system

    To me, it sounds that it will output the Region 2 DVDs to NTSC. What do you think with the above technical information?
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    Originally Posted by braincras View Post
    Information for the region free:
    Curtis DVD1046: 1) Open the tray
    2) Press 9,9,9,9,0
    3) Blue label with the region number will appear on top of screen

    Information about the outputs:
    Curtis DVD1046: - 2 Channel Output and Display aspect ratio conversion(4:3/16:9)
    - Component video output(Y,U,V); Coaxial cable and S-video output; PAL/NTSC system

    To me, it sounds that it will output the Region 2 DVDs to NTSC. What do you think with the above technical information?
    You won't know for certain if the DVD player converts from PAL to NTSC until you try it with a PAL DVD. Some DVD players only play PAL video as PAL and NTSC video as NTSC. Other DVD players convert video based on the setting used for the TV.
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  7. Again, thanks for the reply, so it makes me think that I will have either to not buy or buy and guess that this DVD player can "converts". This is a pretty cheap DVD player so I would be very surprised that, in the end, it can converts.
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    Originally Posted by braincras View Post
    Again, thanks for the reply, so it makes me think that I will have either to not buy or buy and guess that this DVD player can "converts". This is a pretty cheap DVD player so I would be very surprised that, in the end, it can converts.
    The cheapos were the BEST at region free and conversion.
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